Hello! This is where we will share photos of some of our landscape design projects located throughout California.

Deeter Buckner Design LLC and The Plant Man are based in San Diego, CA. We can be reached by phone (text or v.m.) at: Michael Cell: 619-980-5483, or Jenise Cell: 858-353-6369 (text or v.mail).

Michael Buckner, born and raised in San Diego, has been both a nurseryman, and a landscape designer in Southern California for over 40 years. Working as 'The Plant Man', and dba 'Deeter Buckner Design LLC', his design work has been featured in San Diego Home & Garden, Pacific Horticulture, books by Debra Lee Baldwin, and multiple other magazines.

Michael's also a nationally 'Certified Judge' for the Cactus and Succulent Society of America, a horticulturalist, a grower of rare & exotic plant material, a sought after speaker, an avid student of natural history, and a bibliophile.

Jenise Deeter-Buckner holds degrees in both Landscape Architecture and Fine Art (A.S. Landscape Architecture & MFA, Masters of Fine Art). She taught drawing/mixed-media and black & white photography courses at SDSU for three years, while earning her masters degree. She has over 10 years of nursery experience and has been working with Michael for over 5 years.

As a design team, they collaborate on all phases of the creative processes, which eventually translate into the formal blueprint of the design, or Concept Plan, drawn by Jenise.

A 'constant' in our design process is to be 'Nature' sensitive - to find ways to bring 'Nature' into the design. And in doing so, embrace those qualities inherent to Southern California, its native rocks, its changing elevations, its micro climates - the unique climates of its canyons, beaches, & interior desert environments - while making creative use in the landscape design, of the varieties of native plant material and unique cacti and succulents that thrive here.

Our team's design work promotes unique, expressive, drought tolerant, sustainable landscapes which enhance our client’s outdoor living spaces and reflect the client's personal narrative...their visions, dreams, and expectations throughout the processes - from the beginning consultation on site with the client, to the space’s final installation.

Tuesday, September 18

'Work in Progress'. An Extraordinary Cactus & Succulent Garden in the Hills of Palos Verdes

While the work on this magnificent 'destination' garden in Palos Verdes is still going on (additional hardscape, decorative gravel, fountain, container gardens, etc. still to come) I wanted to post a series of images to convey just a bit of how this lovely and wonderfully articulated landscape is being 'transformed'. 

The owners wanted a cactus & succulent garden that would be visually stimulating all year round - something that would be as inviting as the amazing view they have from their home which looks out and across the valley below.  They also wanted the garden to be a 'destination' that could be both intimate and reflective while maintaining an expressive colorful, open and inviting space to entertain in - a place to gather and enjoy friends and family.  This is it!




Before - the garden's central area 2nd level - soon the work will begin, new soil, ledger stone, etc.

Early on - mid garden level - some soil having been installed at this point, and all areas prepped for planting, boulders, and ledger stone.

Soil, ledger stone, far wall being redesigned - central garden lower level.

An early shot of side walk way...the area has been cleaned and soil leveled.  Look for the 'after' photo of this walk way area.

An early shot of the garden levels...new soil, boulders, ledger stone, a few Golden Barrels...more on their way.

Work in progress - garden's central lower level.  Love the colors and the dramatic sculptural shapes.

The guys...planting in the blue garden area.

View of work in progress - both the 2nd and 3rd garden levels.

These guys truly know what they're doing...every step of the way.

This view speaks for itself....

A Palos Verdes tree - fits perfectly into this corner of the garden - in the hills of P.V.

Remember the 'before' photo of this side walk way?  It has been transformed from a kind of 'lost space' to a working area of the garden that is the connecting loop to the garden's pathways.

A long view of the garden coming to life...a beautiful work in progress.

I adore the Fan Aloe, this one happens to be a very old and magnificent plant.  Planted in the right spot, it casts fabulous shadows throughout the day.   In the spring it will bloom bright red flowers on stems that dance above the aloe leaves.  Hard to imagine this garden without this particular plant.

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